Many reading this know that I wrote a book on hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease in 2011, with a revised edition in 2013. Over the years I have been asked by many people if I plan on coming out with a book that focuses on hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s. My goal was to have a book out on this topic in 2015, but I guess the saying “better late than never” applies here, as in early 2018 I finally plan on releasing my first book on Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
As for why it has taken me so long to write this book, the truth is that when I set a goal to have the book released in 2015, my goal was simply to have a book on Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. My practice focuses on both Graves’ Disease and Hashimoto’s, and since I already had a book on Graves’ Disease it made sense to release one on Hashimoto’s. However, along the way I decided that I didn’t just want to write another book on Hashimoto’s, but I wanted to make it the very best book on this condition.
So with each passing year I found myself doing more and more research, and adding more and more content. But while it’s great to have a lot of content, of course I also needed to make the book interesting and easy to understand, which is no easy task. But finally the book is in the hands of an editor, which is why I decided to put together this blog post.
How Will This Book Be Different From Others?
There is no shortage of books on Hashimoto’s that focus on helping people get into remission, and so I’m sure you might be wondering how this book will differ from others out there? While I’m sure there will be some overlap between my book and others, here are a few key differences:
1. I’m confident that my book will provide the most comprehensive information on the different triggers of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. I know this is a bold statement, as there are a few books on Hashimoto’s that discuss many of the different causes, but if you’re interested in learning about all of the different triggers then this is the book for you.
2. I just mentioned how it will be the most comprehensive book with regards to discussing the different triggers, and I’m equally confident that it will be the most comprehensive book when it comes to helping you DETECT your specific triggers. While it’s great to know all of the different triggers, the real key is to try to find your specific triggers, and there is an entire section dedicated to helping you with this. You heard me right, as I didn’t just dedicate a single chapter to this, but an entire section that will show you how to find your triggers. And while I do talk about testing, I’ll add that those who are on a budget don’t have to spend a lot of money on tests, which I also talk about in the book.
3. Overall this probably will be one of the longest books on Hashimoto’s, if not THE longest. The reason for this is because I didn’t want to hold anything back when writing this book. And while I realize that a longer book doesn’t always mean a better book, I’m confident that those with Hashimoto’s will find most of the information to be of value. I don’t have an exact page count yet, and it might be a tad shorter after the editor gets through it, but most of the information will remain intact.
If the prospect of reading a very long book turns you off, I should let you know that this book is organized so that you can easily read the content you want, and skip over the content you have no interest in. Of course you can simply visit the table of contents and choose to only read those chapters that are of interest to you. But even within each chapter you can skip around and focus on the material that you find to be the most interesting.
I’ll talk more about the organization of the book shortly, but just as an example, the first section of the book will focus on how and why people develop Hashimoto’s, and I do think it’s important to have a good understanding of your condition when trying to restore your health. But if for any reason you don’t want to read this then of course you can skip this entire section.
As another example, in section two (the triggers section) there will be a chapter dedicated to toxic mold, which doesn’t apply to everyone. And so if you don’t want to read this specific chapter you can simply skip it. Or perhaps you just want to learn about the treatment options for toxic mold, which is in section four.
So while I realize that some people will choose to read the entire book, others will pick and choose to only read the information that is of interest to them.
4. This book will be very well organized. I just mentioned this, and while this might not seem like a big deal to you, I’ve read a lot of books on Hashimoto’s, along with other health-related books, and most of them aren’t well organized. And there are a few reasons why a well-organized book is important. First of all, when treating your Hashimoto’s condition naturally, you will do things in a certain order. This usually includes first understanding your condition, then learning about the different triggers, and then you ideally will want to do things to detect the underlying cause of your condition, and finally you’ll want to take a natural treatment approach.
As a result, this book is divided into five sections, with the first section talking about how and why people develop Hashimoto’s, the second section discussing all of the different triggers, the third section showing you how to detect your triggers, the fourth section focusing on removing your triggers and correcting other imbalances, and the fifth section answering your burning questions, including how to maintain a state of wellness after getting into remission, how to overcome fatigue and brain fog, how to lose weight, etc.
Another reason why a well-organized book is important is because a good book should be used as a reference, and when referring back to the book, you want the information you’re looking for to be easy to find. While this is the purpose of an index, which this book will also include, I think that the layout of the book alone will make it an amazing reference guide. I should also mention that at the end of each chapter there will be a “chapter highlights” section, and some might choose to first read the chapter highlights to find out the specific topics they want to focus on.
5. There will be specific recommendations. This of course isn’t the only book on Hashimoto’s that gives specific recommendations, and you probably know that there isn’t a one-size-fit-all treatment plan. While this book includes some great information on diet, along with suggested doses of supplements and herbs, the book isn’t meant to replace the guidance of an experienced natural healthcare practitioner. With that being said, I realize that some people will attempt to self-treat their condition, and while this isn’t something I recommend, anyone who is thinking about self-treating their condition should definitely read this book first.
I’ll also add that while the book gives supplement recommendations, it doesn’t promote supplements. In other words, while I do recommend nutritional supplements and herbs to my patients, the goal of this book isn’t to sell supplements. In fact, I also give plenty of food recommendations as well. I even give some recommendations for those who are vegans and vegetarians.
6. There will be no recipes. I’m sure that some people might not be happy about the lack of recipes, and while it seems that most health-related books include recipes these days, the truth is this isn’t a recipe book. And so if you are mainly interested in recipes this book isn’t for you. The good news is that there are plenty of other recipe books.
7. Most of the information is supported by research. There are references to hundreds of research studies included, and so this book isn’t solely based on my clinical experience with Hashimoto’s.
When Will The Book Be Released?
I’m pretty certain that the book will be released sometime in the first quarter of 2018. In all likelihood it won’t be released in January, and if I had to guess I’d have to say that it will be out by late February or early March.
What Format Will The Book Be In?
The book will definitely be in both printed and Kindle format. I personally love to listen to books on Audible, and so I might create an audio version in the future, although I’m not 100% certain at this point.
As I get closer to releasing my book I will give more updates, and of course once I have finalized a release date I’ll be sending an email to let you know.